ABHMS scholarships for students

The ABHMS 2022-2023 school year Scholarship Application is now closed. 

Note: Specialized scholarships may have more criteria.

  • Scholarship amounts, which vary, are paid directly to the school for credit toward the recipient’s tuition.
  • Provided they maintain eligibility requirements, recipients may re-apply for scholarships in the following academic year.
  • Recipients may receive scholarship funds for no more than 4 years as undergraduates and no more than 3 years as graduates/seminarians/Ph.D students.
  • These scholarships may not be combined with other funding provided by ABHMS, including continuing education grants.
ABHMS Undergraduate Scholarships

For American Baptist students enrolled full time at accredited colleges and universities.

To be considered for any American Baptist Home Mission Societies Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church;
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college/university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico;
  • Maintain minimum GPA of 2.75;
  • Reside in United States or Puerto Rico; and
  • Provide a reference completed by the pastor of the church.

Note: Specialized scholarships may have more criteria.

Spanish-American Baptist Seminary Scholarships (SABS)

Grants of $500-$3,000 for American Baptist students of Hispanic origin and presently serving or will be serving in a church with American Baptist Churches USA, or with its recognized institutions.

Requirements:

  • Endorsement forms:
    • Completed by the pastor of the church.
    • Completed by regional or denominational leader.
  • The applicant must demonstrate:
    • The need for scholarship assistance to cover educational and related personal expenses and
    • The intent and possibility for completion of the course of study.
  • The course of study must be pursued at an accredited institution listed in the Higher Education Directory or the Membership List of the Association of Theological Schools, unless otherwise approved by the Board.
  • The student must be committed to pursuing studies leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree and continuing his or her education to complete one of the following degrees:
    • M.Div.;
    • D.Min.;
    • Ph.D.; or
    • Other first seminary degree from an accredited seminary.
International Baptist Seminary Scholarships

A one-time grant of $1,000 is available for American Baptist students whose first language is not English and who are preparing for ministry in the United States or Puerto Rico.

Application Requirements:

  • Two endorsements for the potential of this ministry. Acceptable recommenders include an American Baptist pastor, area minister, denominational leader, and/or institution personnel.
  • Enrollment in accredited program in the United States or Puerto Rico.

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • The need for scholarship assistance to cover educational and related personal expenses.
  • Demonstrated progress toward the course of study.

The course of study must meet the following requirements:

Ellen Cushing Scholarship (non-seminarian, Master's degree)

The alumni of Cushing College provide scholarships to female graduate students preparing for a human services career in the secular world.

This is a non-seminarian scholarship.

Note: M.Div. and D.Min. students are ineligible.

Seminarian Master's Degree Scholarship

Requirements:

  • Be enrolled in at least nine (9) credits in one of the following first professional degree programs: M.Div., M.C.E., M.A.C.E or M.R.E. (D.Min. students are ineligible);
  • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church;
  • Be enrolled at an accredited institution in the United States or Puerto Rico; and
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.75.
ABHMS Academic Doctorate Scholarships

Applicants must plan to teach at the college or seminary level, in a field of study directly related to preparing American Baptist ministerial leaders.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of their doctoral studies, maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Note: Ph.D. students only (D. Min. candidates are ineligible for this grant.).

Application requirements:

  • Successful candidates must demonstrate prior or current experience teaching in the classroom;
  • Dissertation topic summary, not to exceed one page;
  • Letter of recommendation from academic advisor or committee chair; and
  • Letter of recommendation from church leadership.
Continuing Education Grant

American Baptist Ministerial Leaders registered in the Professional Registry may apply for a Continuing Education Grant to be used for D.Min. studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for an ABHMS scholarship?

American Baptist students who reside in the United States or Puerto Rico who are enrolled at an accredited four-year college/university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Note: We do not offer scholarships for international students.

When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?

Annual scholarship recipients will be notified of their award via email by July 1. Please check your inbox, junk, spam and trash folders before contacting us about the status of your application.

Three times per year, our Continuing Education Grant Recipients will be notified of their award. More information can be found here.

How is the money disbursed?

Scholarship funds are sent directly to your school for disbursement to your account. If you transfer schools or graduate early, it is your responsibility to notify the ABHMS Scholarships Program. Failure to notify the Scholarships Program of such changes may result in loss of scholarship. Funds are typically disbursed in mid-August for the fall semester and mid-February for the spring semester.

How often can I receive an ABHMS scholarship?

Undergraduate students may receive scholarship funds for no more than four years. Graduate students may receive scholarship funds for no more than three years.

Who can I contact for assistance?

Please contact our scholarship office at 610.768.2067 or [email protected]. Emails will receive the fastest response, as our dedicated team is readily available online to assist you!

 

How can I extend this scholarship ministry?

ABHMS invites individuals, churches and organizations to contribute to the principal of the American Baptist Scholarship Fund, which provides the major source of income for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies Scholarship Program. Gifts, made payable to the American Baptist Scholarship Fund, can be made online or mailed to:

Scholarships Program
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
1075 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406

For information about bequests and charitable annuities, please contact the American Baptist Foundation at 800-ABC-3USA, x2393. A region foundation representative will be pleased to discuss options with you.